Shabazz Muhammad: Kentucky Signee Archie Goodwin Wants Muhammad to Join Wildcats

Bob BajekAnalyst IIIMarch 29, 2012

Shabazz Muhammad distinguished himself so much at the McDonald's All-American Game that Kentucky recruit Archie Goodwin wants him to join the Wildcats.

Muhammad, the nation's top recruit, won the McDonald's All-American Game MVP with 21 points, six rebounds and an assist. Muhammad has Kentucky, Duke and UCLA as his final choices, according to the Washington Post.

Goodwin was asked what it would be like to play with Muhammad at Kentucky if the Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas) athlete decides to play for the Wildcats.

"Being able to play with Shabazz would be a really good thing for us," Goodwin said. "He can post up, shoot it, and is very athletic. He always plays hard. My guy Alex is the same way. It would be a blessing to play with Alex and hopefully Shabazz in the future. It would be another repeat of what the Wildcats did this year."

Muhammad was asked what it would be like to play with Poythress and Goodwin at Kentucky.

"That is a great possibility," Muhammad answered. "Alex was giving us a hard time on the boards with his big body and playing the perimeter at 6'8" is really good. Archie can go down the floor and jump and dunk on somebody. That would be a really sick trio if I come to Kentucky."

"I'm really looking at that closely and knowing there are really good players coming could make this a really good recruiting class," Muhammad continued.

Muhammad and Goodwin (14 points, three assists) played well on the court together for the McDonald's All-American West Team. It wouldn't be too far fetched for Muhammad and Goodwin to be the No. 2 and 3 starters for Kentucky this upcoming year.

Poythress, who played for the East Team while scoring 19 points and having two rebounds, was guarding Muhammad during parts of the McDonald's All-American Game and Muhammad said Poythress was tough on the boards.

Earlier in the day, Poythress was interviewed by the Chicago Tribune and had this to say about Kentucky's recruiting class.

"It's a great tradition there that we want to keep it going," Poythress said. "It's good pressure. Me, Archie and a couple of other players can do it."

Kentucky recruits Alex Poythress (East) and Archie Goodwin (West) showed that the Wildcats have found great replacements for likely NBA draftees Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

Rasheed Sulaimon, who had 18 points and four assists, said on Monday that he wanted Muhammad to join him at Duke.


Bob Bajek is a Chicago Bulls/NBA Featured Columnist. He is also covering the McDonald's All-American Game on site in Chicago. He is a freelance reporter and can be followed on and Twitter.